A Season of Thanksgiving

After over 4 months (going on 5, really), I have returned to a place physically and emotionally where I can write in my blog again. I have been busy, I promise. Since my last post, some momentous events have occurred.

As you are aware, I have been expecting a new niece or nephew. We found out that it’s a girl! My dear sweet niece needed a quilt, as well as burp cloths, so I started sewing again. This was my first quilt and I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out. I even wrote a little quote and signed “Aunt Pam” on a piece of cotton in fabric markers that I attached. The burp cloths were super easy, so that was an automatic project choice. I think they look very useful while being cute!

Then, in July and August, the hubby and I went to California… in the car… from East Texas. It was wonderful and exciting and a fantastic bonding experience, so I have absolutely no regrets. It marked our one year anniversary. I have to say that the first year was pretty awesome, and full of reassurances and affirmations that the man I married is perfect for me.

We catalogued our trip in pictures (a few of which are shown below), driving from East Texas through New Mexico, Arizona, the bottom tip of Nevada, and then into Southern California. We stopped the first night in Flagstaff, Arizona and woke up to see the sunrise in the Grand Canyon, which was breathtaking. That day we made it into Los Angeles to see my brother and sister-in-law and spent four glorious days with them visiting Hollywood Boulevard, Griffith Observatory, the Santa Monica Pier, and the San Diego Zoo. After bidding them adieu, we zipped over to White Sands, New Mexico before spending the night in Roswell on our official anniversary night. The next day, after a quick trip through the museum in town, we drove down to Carlsbad and took a tour into the chilly, magnificent caverns filled with beautiful (but difficult to photograph) sights. Then it was home through a storm, most of the state, a stop to see the stars outside of San Antonio, and then into our own comfy bed. It was unforgettable and incredible and extremely fun.

We arrived home and I spent a few more days enjoying summer vacation before I started back to school. I have a new office! It’s still a work in progress, but I’ll post pictures when everything is completed.

In late August, I took a test and our world changed. We’re expecting our first child! It was planned, but still such a joy to get that confirmation that our baby was on the way. I had a feeling before my first positive test, and a trip to the doctor and an ultrasound later confirmed that my little bean was growing! My parents, my husband, and I went to a Sneak a Peek ultrasound company in Beaumont and found out on November 16th that we’re having a little girl! I’m excited and nervous, and I’m ready to start sewing again! My baby will have a quilt made by her mama, and I’m happily gathering new purchases and hand-me-downs and lovely things for her, too, though we’re fitting her in our room in our tiny apartment. I have to be careful to not go crazy with furniture just yet. We’ll be happy and cozy and healthy, Lord willing, though. It’s an amazing blessing and I can’t wait to meet her!

After all of that, my adorable, perfect niece made her appearance into the world last week. I was there when she arrived, and it was a marvelous, moving experience I will never forget and that I’m so thankful that my brother and sister-in-law shared with me. The labor story isn’t mine to tell, so suffice to say I now know why it’s called the miracle of birth and I am incredibly proud to call my niece’s mother my family and friend. I was honored to capture the moment on film and now have fallen completely in love with the tiniest human I’ve ever held in my arms.

November brought many blessings and things for which to give thanks, and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing in the past few months.

I’ll post again soon, dear readers! Love and joy to all!

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